Anambra residents demand investigation into alleged influx of suspected bandits

°°°AIG orders CP to investigate the development

Anambra residents demand investigation into alleged influx of suspected bandits

Anambra State indigenes have demanded investigations into the alleged influx of persons suspected to be bandits from the northern part of the country into the state.

Few days ago, the leadership of the Anambra Vigilance Group (A.V.G) raised the alarm over the alleged influx of suspected bandits from the north into the state.

Chairman of Anambra Vigilante Supervisory Committee, Ikechukwu Aduba, a former Commissioner of Police, in a statement, listed Amawbia, Agulu, Nise, Neni and Adazi axis as areas where the mass movements of strange elements have been recorded.

But the residents of the state have demanded thorough investigation into the reported movement of the strange persons which video went viral in the social media.

At the boundary area between Amawbia and Nise communities where there is Hausa Quarters, a youth leader in Amawbia community, Ignatius Ngini, said that he had observed, a number of times, suspicious camping of persons along the road at odd hours.

Ngini said that those he had seen settling along the Amawbia–Nise–Agulu Road at odd hours usually placed phones in their ears, suggesting that they were making calls.

“Sometimes when you pass through that place at night, you see many of them settling on the road. Even if you pass by 12 midnight, they will still be there. Does it mean that they don’t have a place to sleep or what? They were always on call. I can’t really tell what is going on there”,

Ngini stated.

President-general of Nise community, Dom Obiekie,said that the vigilante men in his community have been placed on red alert to ensure that there wouldn’t be security breaches in the area.

“I can tell you that they are not anywhere in Nise. The security outfit of Nise is conscious of the news item and we have crosschecked all our fallow, uncultivated lands and they are not anywhere in our place”, Obiekie said.

Chairman of Board of Trustees of Human Right, Liberty Access, and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), Dede Uzor, in his reaction, called on the security operatives to investigate the development and present their findings to the public.

Uzor said that a thorough investigation into the development would reassure Ndi Anambra of their safety especially now that the yuletide is fast approaching.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 13, Ukpo in Anambra State, AIG Danmallam Mohammed, has ordered the state Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang, to investigate the alleged influx of suspected bandits into the state.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (ZPPRO) DSP Nkeiruka Nwode, the AIG said that he had asked the CP to carry out a thorough investigation into the development and feed him back accordingly.

About the Author
Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.

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